The trial of an Australian-Chinese writer charged with espionage by China has begun in a closed-door court in Beijing.
Yang Hengjun, an Australian citizen, has been detained for over two years after a 2019 arrest at an airport.Beijing has revealed next to no details about his charges, leading Australia to contend he is suffering an "arbitrary detention".
His case has developed as relations have worsened between the two nations.
Dr Yang is a scholar and novelist who had maintained a blog on China affairs. He was nicknamed the "democracy peddler", but his writings in recent years hadn't been directly critical of the government.